On the 16th May Ms Clark and Mr Sharples were invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh award. 7,000 representatives and award winners were invited in to the gardens at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of participants, and support of volunteers and representatives. In our section schools and organisations from Liverpool and the North West watched on as 25 local youngster's received their award from HRH the Countess of Wessex and Sarah Willingham, from the BBC television programme Dragons Den. We were proud recipients of a plaque commemorating our commitment to the D of E award and to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the sense of community that participating in the Duke of Edinburgh award raises and also a chance to see the Royals and the assorted persons of achievement who also support the award.

Sarah Willingham spoke of how her drive to do what she wanted was also seen in those participating on the D of E award. Larry Lamb, Philip Scofield, John Culshaw, the adventurers Ray Mears and Levison Wood, actress Anna Friel, singer Ronan Keating, astronaut Chris Hadfield and world record-breakers, the Coxless Crew, the first all-female team and the first team of four to row the Pacific were also there to offer words of inspiration to those who had achieved the award and would be going on to use the skills they had gained to make their mark on the world.
Twenty four year tens recently completed the expedition section of their D of E award and are working to complete the skill, physical and voluntary sections before the awards are presented. We are looking forward to welcoming the new cohort of Bronze award participants at Broughton Hall in the next academic year. We will be inviting girls from both year 9 and 10 to sign up for the Bronze award, with the Silver award being offered for the following year. Information on this will be distributed in September. The Gold award will continue to be offered in 6th form. If you or your daughter have any questions about the D of E award please contact Mr Sharples.